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Consultation on two new consumer credit policies

By Rob Aberdein Following on from the recent budget, HM Treasury has published a consultation on two new consumer credit policies. The consultation builds upon the Government’s call for evidence which was concluded in January 2018 and on existing successful practice in the Scottish Debt Arrangement Scheme (DAS).  The consultation offers businesses and organisations on both […]

Application of QOCS to defendants counterclaiming in personal injury

By Rebecca Livesey In County Courts around the country over the past year, it has become ‘fashionable’ to argue over the meaning of the word “proceedings” in CPR r.44.13. The essential question is whether a Defendant, by virtue of bringing a counterclaim including personal injury, is afforded QOCS protection against the Claimant such that any orders […]

One rating assessment to be applied to neighbouring floors occupied by same business

By Matthew Forrest Businesses operating across different floors of a building, or other separate but neighbouring units, are now more likely to have their premises assessed together for business rates. The Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Act 2018 came into force on 1 November 2018.  The Act delivers on the […]

Austria adopts new environmental package

By Sandra Kasper, Philipp Strondl  On 25 October 2018 Parliament adopted a new comprehensive environmental package comprising: the Aarhus Participation Act; an amendment to the Environmental Impact Assessment Act; and an amendment to the Federal Environmental Liability Act.

Blog – Childbirth and primary victim claims for mothers

By John de Bono This is the clear takeaway from Whipple J’s powerfully reasoned judgment in YAH v. Medway Foundation Trust, judgment 5th November 2018. The facts are typical of many cerebral palsy cases. The Claimant’s daughter was born after a negligent delay in intervention in the face of signs of fetal distress. The Claimant […]

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Reynolds Porter partner defects to rival

A corporate finance specialist, hired by Holborn firm Reynolds Porter Chamberlain to spearhead its venture cap- ital practice has defected to Stephenson Harwood’s corporate finance group. Robert Haldane had been brought in from Clifford Chance, where he was a partner with a brief to increase the amount of work carried out by the firm on […]

In brief: Cripps Harries joins investment association

Kent firm Cripps Harries Hall is the first law firm to become a member of the Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers (APCIMS). The association lobbies regulatory bodies and the Government on behalf of the investment industry and its clients.

Super law that aims to make legislation work

Many employers will have been alarmed by the news that an employment tribunal has awarded £3,500 to a 20-year-old who had been in her job for less than a hour. The tribunal ruled that the reason given for Lisa Tomlin’s dismissal, her pregnancy, broke sex discrimination laws. Her employer argued that he had employed her […]

CC grows in Germany

Clifford Chance has expanded its insurance practice in Germany by recruiting Dr Herbert Palmberger from CHUBB insurance company of Europe. Palmberger will work for Clifford Chance’s Dusseldorf office.

Linklaters ties up Thai shop in Bangkok

LINKLATERS has finally set up shop in Bangkok, ending doubts over the move given Thailand’s economic crisis. The partnership cleared the opening at the end of December. A team of six UK and Thai lawyers has been put together for the start-up. Chris King, identified by The Lawyer in September as the key lawyer being […]

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